Julie Brocklehurst (Marketing/Community Relations)
Julie is a writer, an advocate and a mother to a little boy with cerebral palsy. She created her blog, ‘Tiptoeing Through’, as a place to share some of her thoughts and feelings about life, love and the unexpected journey of raising a child with special needs. Her blog has become a resource for other parents, offering support and bringing hope and encouragement to the special needs community. Julie was previously the Executive Director of the Cerebral Palsy Association of Newfoundland and Labrador, and she is involved with many other disability-related organizations, both locally and on a national level.
Robert Chafe (Dramaturge)
Robert Chafe is a playwright based in St. John’s, whose work has been seen across Canada, the UK, Australia and in the United States. He is the author of seventeen stage scripts and co-author of another eight. He was shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award for Drama for Tempting Providence and Butler’s Marsh in 2004, and won the award for Afterimage in 2010. He has been writer in residence at Artistic Fraud, Playwrights Atlantic Resource Centre, Playwrights Workshop Montreal, Forest Forge Theatre, (Hampshire, UK), and Memorial University of Newfoundland, Sir Wilfred Grenfell College, and The National Theatre School of Canada. His plays Oil and Water and The Colony of Unrequited Dreams each premiered in sold out runs in St. John’s and went on to tour Canada. In 2016 he premiered his first opera, Ours, with composer John Estacio (Opera on the Avalon) and released his first book of short fiction - Two Man Tent (Breakwater Books) - which went on to be a finalist for the Winterset Award. Robert is Artistic Director and playwright for Artistic Fraud of Newfoundland.
Pat Dempsey (Evan/Production Support)
Pat Dempsey is a theatre practitioner who has been working in the local theatre scene for over 20 years. He is thrilled to be joining Power Productions in Crippled and to be sharing the stage with Paul and Matt again. A graduate of York University's Theatre Program, Pat has most recently been seen playing The Director in the web series Blue Moon, God in the short film Holy Smoke and as an Undercover Cop (spoiler!) in Republic of Doyle. He co-founded, the Norstead Theatre Festival, a summer theatre festival in L'Anse Aux Meadows, and has performed across Canada with the Sketch Comedy Troupe, The Serious. Pat is also excited to be working with Danielle Irvine again, having last been directed by her while playing Ariel in Artistic Fraud's 24 hour musical, The Little Mermaid. He hopes you enjoy the show!
Danielle Irvine (Director/Producer)
Danielle Irvine is an award-winning Newfoundland-based theatre director who has worked across Canada for over 20 years. Highlights of her career include six years teaching at the National Theatre School of Canada in Montreal; assistant directing at the Stratford Festival of Canada for two seasons (including being the first director to study in their Birmingham Conservatory); and winning the Canada Council for the Arts prestigious John Hirsch Prize for Directing and the Elinore and Lou Siminovitch Protégée Prize under Jillian Keiley. Along with her current position as Artistic Director for Perchance Theatre, Danielle has co-founded two other successful theatre companies and is also the current founding artistic director of SweetlineTheatre. She has served on the boards of many arts organizations including Artistic Fraud of Newfoundland and the Resource Centre for the Arts. Danielle has spent many years working in television and movie casting including CBC's Republic of Doyle and more recently for the Netflix series, Frontier.
Janet O'Reilly (Production Coordinator)
Janet O'Reilly has done a lot in theatre - studied it at MUN and the University of Toronto; directed over a dozen shows for her own theatre company Nothing On Productions and others; acted for over 20 years around town for many companies, but she has never been so proud to be involved in a production as she is to be involved in Crippled! Paul is a good friend as was his partner Jonathan. I miss him every day. This play is an amazing tribute to him and a wonderful piece of writing by Paul.
George Robertson (Sound Design)
George Robertson lives in St John’s and has worked as an actor, musician, and sound designer (often simultaneously in two or three of these capacities) with many theatre companies in Newfoundland and Labrador, including Perchance Theatre, RCA Theatre Company, Persistence Theatre, Rising Tide, c2c theatre, Open Theatre Company, New Curtain Theatre, Kanutu Theatre, Poverty Cove Theatre Company, Shakespeare By The Sea, Beothuck Street Players, Nothing On Productions, and many others, as well as appearing in several locally produced film and television projects. He is thrilled to be joining a fantastic cast and crew for the world première of ‘Crippled’.
Kim White (Marketing/Community Relations)
Kim has spent over 20 years working with community-based groups, the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador and the post-secondary sector. She has a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Education from Memorial University. Kim previously worked with the Coalition of Persons with Disabilities as well as the Disability Policy Office and was involved in the development of the Provincial Strategy for the Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities. Other past volunteer and community work include career and employment services, literacy, adult education, poverty reduction and community development along with holding the position of Chair for the provincial government's Buildings Accessibility Advisory Board. Kim has used braces and crutches for mobility since she was three, but is also now using a wheelchair to help with mobility. Kim feels though this has presented challenges she has had to overcome, it has provided her with a perspective and attitude that has had many positive impacts in her various career roles.
Matt White (Carl/Production Support)
Matt White is a graduate of the Grenfell Campus' Fine Arts Program and is returning to the stage for Crippled after a hiatus. Matt's experience is varied - ranging from comedy to Shakespeare, Restoration Era drama to radio soap operas. Since graduating, Matt has spent time on air at various radio stations. He currently calls Portugal Cove home with his wife Denielle and two children, Eric and Emma. Matt is very grateful to be a part of such an important and thought provoking production.